Terry leads from the front
06 Jun 2007 - 08:05:44
Captain John Terry says he will take a large share of responsibility if England fail to qualify for next year's European Championship finals.
Centre-half Terry was speaking ahead of a crunch clash with Estonia in Tallinn, with England needing a victory to close the gap on Group E leaders Croatia and ease the pressure on coach Steve McClaren.
Terry commented: "How much responsibility will I take if England do not qualify? I will take full responsibility if it goes that way, but I am not talking negatively about anything like that.
"It's down to me. I'll take full responsibility if we don't manage to reach the finals, but it's down to me to lead the boys and make sure everything is right.
"We are desperate to get the win against Estonia. We can't wait for the game. We are excited about it. We are looking forward to it.
"Everyone knows how important it is, not just to us, but to everyone back home in England and the great support we get all around the world.
"I get asked what it will be like sitting on a beach in two weeks without a win under our belts, but I don't even want to think along those lines.
"I am not going to think negatively. That is not in our thoughts. We are all thinking positively."
Meanwhile, Terry has again given his full support to McClaren, adding: "Steve has tried to deflect the pressure away from the players in the same way as Jose (Mourinho) does at Chelsea.
"He tries to deflect it away from us and take a lot of it on himself. Both of the managers do that and it does make it easier for the players and we all thank him.
"We are fully behind the manager."